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Ice Cream Flowerpots

The crème de la crème of my daughter's American Girl Tea Party Birthday were these Ice Cream Flowerpots. They were all she talked about after visiting the American Girl Bistro for a friend's birthday a year ago, so I knew they absolutely had to make it to the tea-table when we had our own American… Continue reading Ice Cream Flowerpots

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American Girl Tea Party Birthday

After begging for an American Girl doll the past three years, my daughter's greatest desire was granted her last birthday with the gift of a green-eyed, curly blonde haired mini-me. She promptly named her doll "Maddie" and they've been inseparable ever since. The gratification of at last owning an American Girl doll all of her… Continue reading American Girl Tea Party Birthday

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Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

I have no clue why it's called a trifle. The word means something of little importance or value. This dessert isn't anywhere in that neighborhood. It is gorgeous, fresh and delicious. My first experience with trifle was during a visit to Victoria during tea at Butchart Gardens. I devoured layers of soaked sponge-cake, fruit and… Continue reading Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

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White Almond Sour Cream Cake

This is the best "doctored" cake mix ever. It is incredibly versatile, suitable for all occasions, themes and tastes. I use it at every single birthday and absolutely love it. This cake is sturdy enough to stack a few high, but also has a light texture and deliciously rich taste. I've used this cake for… Continue reading White Almond Sour Cream Cake

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The “Everything is Awesome” Totally Amazing Lego Party!

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 13, chances are, you've seen The Lego Movie and have endured enjoyed endless hours of "Everything is Awesome" being sung, hummed, whistled and generally trapped in your subconscious. My little rugrats can be found most days sprawled on the floor singing as they create… Continue reading The “Everything is Awesome” Totally Amazing Lego Party!

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Cranberry Upside Down Coffeecake

Confession. I'm a giant bookworm. It's a condition that dates back to my early childhood. My parents have time-lapse video from Christmases long past where I don't move from the same armchair for over 10 hours. I'm a constant figure as the room buzzes with holiday activity around me. Motionless, except the occasional turning of… Continue reading Cranberry Upside Down Coffeecake

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Pumpkin Spice Deathcakes (Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting)

  Spice cupcakes have been a Halloween tradition for me since childhood. These "deathcakes" are full of cinnamon and pumpkin topped with a glorious cream cheese frosting. Delicious. Love this recipe idea? Check out more Halloween party food on my Fabulously Freaky Halloween Fodder post. It's full of devilish and delicious ideas! Print Recipe for… Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Deathcakes (Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting)

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Mom’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake Perfection

My mother has been making this cake as long as I can remember. As a child, the thought of a vegetable baked into a cake was just supremely odd. Now I know that little flecks of zucchini melt into the chocolate batter making the texture and richness just perfect. My kids don't have any of… Continue reading Mom’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake Perfection

Baking · Bread · Breakfast · Cake

Plum Cake Bread

Great neighbors are hard to come by. I know someone (who shall remain nameless) who lives next to a family where the kids play a game called "Am I Being Murdered?". An activity that's such fun, it has to be enjoyed during every single hour of every single day. A jolly good time for the… Continue reading Plum Cake Bread

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Happy National Cheesecake Day

I'm pretty sure food holidays were invented by bloggers. Who am I to complain? Happy National Cheesecake Day everyone! Celebrate with this velvety rich New York Cheesecake topped with bright fresh strawberries! Yuuuuuum! Print Recipe for New York Cheesecake